General League Rules
Created by Gabriel Kocher - March 2017
This document outlines the Rules & Regulations for the FPV Canada league through support of the Canadian Federation for Drone Racing (CFDR). For more information on the CFDR, visit http://canadianfederationfordroneracing.com/
Pilots will compete in race events across Canada organized through local chapters allowing them to qualify for the Canadian Drone Nationals.
Top 5 ranking pilots from the Nationals will be awarded spots in the international racing team ‘Team Canada’.
Global, Canada wide points system for pilots
Local and Canada-wide ranking updated on website
Each pilot has a profile and earns points by ranking in races organized by chapters. The points awarded at each race depends on the attendance of that race.
Pilots can participate in any number of race events from across Canada. Only the top 4 results gained at the completion of the event are recorded for league standings. Ties are decided by referring to the 5th best race, then 6th race, etc. until top scores are determined.
Qualifying for the Canadian Nationals
The top 32 pilots in the Global ranking qualify for the Canadian Drone Nationals, that are held at the Canadian Drone Expo - Montreal.
4 extra pilots will qualify as “wildcards”. Those are awarded to pilots who have the best lap times on the CTT-1 track.
Each chapter must hold at least 2 races, to allow local pilots to have results. To be recognized as an official race event, attendance needs to have at least 10 participants.
Each chapter must run their events on CTT (canadian time trial) tracks.
Definition of Terms
HEAT: Designates a single racing section, where a group of pilots fly once.
RACE: Designates an ensemble of race faceoffs that may include qualifying and heats. The race result is the final ranking at the end of the day’s racing.
DNS: Did Not Start – Aircraft fails to cross start gate.
DNF: Did Not Finish – Aircraft fails to complete all requirements set out by the respective competition guidelines.
DQ: Disqualified – Disqualification parameters outlined below.
OOB: Out of Bounds – The aircraft exceeds the specified area for each respective track design.
SEATS: The number of pilots that fly at a time in a heat.
FPV Canada supports the following race formats. Those formats can be combined within a same event (ex. Time trials for qualifying, single elimination racing for the qualified pilots).
Time trials: The pilots are separated into flying groups. The groups fly a number of heats sequentially and the lap times are recorded. Pilots are ranked based on their best time or a combination of consecutive or non-consecutive lap times.
Maximum number of laps in 2:30 minutes (CTT format): The pilots are separated into flying groups. The groups fly a number of 2 minute heats sequentially and the number of completed laps are recorded. If the 2minutes time out while a pilot is still flying, that pilots may complete his lap, and it will count in his score. Pilots are ranked based on the total number of laps they have completed during the heats.
Single elimination bracket: The pilots are separated into flying groups. Each group races 1 heat, and a certain number of pilots in each group advance in the competition to face winners of other groups. Proceed with quarter finals, semi-finals and a final.
Double elimination bracket: Similar to the single elimination bracket, but pilots get a second chance if they get eliminated. Eliminated pilots go to a looser bracket, where they need to finish in the qualifying positions to move on. The exact format depends on the number of groups and the number of seats.
Repeated single elimination bracket: Same as the single elimination bracket, but each final or semi-final etc. is raced out over several heats. Points are awarded in each heat to determine the outcome of the elimination round . Points reset for the following elimination round.
Mains: Pilots are first ranked through time trials. This assigns pilots into the mains A, B, C, D.... For example if 6 seat races are held: pilots ranked 1-5 will compete in the A-main, 5-10 are in the B-main, 11-15 in the C-main etc… The lowest main is held first, and it’s winner (for example C main) gets promoted to the following main (in the B main). The following mains are then run, leading up to the final, the A main which decides the winner.
Quad/Multirotor Technical Specifications
6 inch (152 millimeter) diameter maximum propeller size
Maximum frame size 280 millimeter motor to motor, no minimum size
4S maximum LiPo battery, maximum 4.2 volts per cell (No High Voltage / HV battery packs)
250mw max vtx output on 5.8ghz
40 channel VTX with Raceband required
Quad total weight (AUW) must be lower than 800g
Canadian Time Trial (CTT) Official Tracks: The tracks use the standard fpv Canada race gates and flags. Their precise description with dimensions are on the FPV Canada website. For the wild card positions, lap times and DVR needs to be recorded as proof and submitted by an official FPV Canada Chapter representative.
Custom Track: A chapter is free to run races on a track of their own design. The track design should however incorporate at least 3 gates and 3 turning points (flag, trees etc..) minimum. The maximum gate opening size is 12ft x 8ft. Each chapter can select to race on as many different tracks as they choose.
League Points Awarding
The points awarded for each race event depends on the total number of participants.
Small Race (10-16 participants):
1st 10 points
2nd 7 points
3rd 5 points
4th 3 points
5th 2 points
6th 1 point
Medium Race (17-31 participants):
1st 15 points
2nd 11 points
3rd 8 points
4th 5 points
5th 3 points
6th 2 points
Large Race (32+ participants):
1st 20 points
2nd 14 points
3rd 10 points
4th 6 points
5th 4 points
6th 2 points
For all official race events, 1 point is awarded to all pilots ranked 7th and below, as long as the pilot completes at least 1 complete circuit of the track.
Canadian Drone Nationals Format
The 2nd Annual Canadian Drone Nationals will be held at the Canadian Drone Expo - Ottawa.
Flying groups will be 6 at a time, with 36 pilots in total to maximize flight time and maximize pilot’s chances at the national title.
Day 1: There will be at least 3 qualifying rounds, where pilots will be ranked based on best 3 consecutive laps.
Day 2: The top 24 pilots will move into quarter-finals. Each quarter-final will be repeated 3 times, and the top 3 pilots will be decided based on points cumulation during the heats. For each heat, points distribution is 10, 7, 5, 3, 2,1 (for resp.1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th positions).
The top 3 pilots from each quarter final will move on to the semi-finals, which will be run in a similar fashion to quarter finals.
The top 3 pilots from each semi-final move on to the final, which will be run in 3 heats.
To qualify for the 2nd Annual Canadian Drone Nationals, pilots must either be a Canadian national or a Canadian resident.